A record-matching 17 Team USA skiers and snowboarders left the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with medals, including a record eight gold. From Sage Kotsenburg’s opening day slopestyle snowboarding gold to teen Mikaela Shiffrin’s brilliant slalom win under the lights Friday night, the American athletes electrified Sochi fans and NBC viewers coast-to-coast. The performances were punctuated with five athletes winning alpine medals along with eight of 18 medals in new freeskiing and snowboarding events. The new events were received well by the International Olympic Committee for bringing a relevant, youthful feel to the competition program.
Photo: Sarah Brunson / Ted Ligety wins gold in Men’s Giant Slalom.
U.S. athletes won six of 12 medals, including three of four gold, in the new freeskiing events of halfpipe and slopestyle skiing, highlighted by a sweep of the men’s slopestyle medals and sweep of the men’s and women’s halfpipe skiing gold.
Photo: Sarah Brunson / Mens ski slopestyle Team USA podium sweep with Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper.
Photo : Sarah Brunson / David Wise taking home gold in men’s ski halfpipe debut event.
Photo: Sarah Brunson / Team USA’s Maddie Bowman brings home gold in first-ever Women’s Ski Halfpipe Olympic event.
U.S. athletes swept men’s and women’s gold in new event of slopestyle snowboarding.
Photo: Sarah Brunson / Sage Kotsenburg is the first-ever gold medalist in slopestyle snowboarding.
Photo: Sarah Brunson / Jamie Anderson making history taking home the first-ever gold in women’s slopestyle snowboarding debut event.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association played a vital role in the lobbying efforts to bring the new youthful action sports to the Games. The events were acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee for their relevance to youth and the actual activities taking place in terrain parks and halfpipes at ski resorts worldwide.
Photo: Sarah Brunson / Team USA’s Katilyn Farrington takes home gold in women’s snowboard halfpipe, Kelly Clark takes bronze and Australia’s Torah Bright with silver.
Bode Miller won his sixth Olympic medal, putting him second on the all-time U.S. Winter Olympians list (Apolo Anton Ohno leads with eight) and second on the all-time skiing list (Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway leads with eight).
Julia Mancuso extended her record with the most Olympic medals by a U.S. woman skier or snowboarder now with four.
Photo: @juliamancuso / Julia took home bronze in the women’s super combined!
Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women’s slalom Olympic champion.
Photo: Sarah Brunson / Mikaela gets gold in Women’s Slalom.
Gold – Joss Christensen, slopestyle
Gold – Maddie Bowman, halfpipe
Gold – David Wise, halfpipe
Silver – Gus Kenworthy, slopestyle
Silver – Devin Logan, slopestyle
Bronze – Nick Goepper, slopestyle
Bronze – Hannah Kearney, moguls
Gold – Jamie Anderson, slopestyle
Gold – Kaitlyn Farrington, halfpipe
Gold – Sage Kotsenburg, slopestyle
Bronze – Kelly Clark, halfpipe
Bronze – Alex Deibold, snowboardcross
Goodbye Sochi! Thanks for all your support on The Ski Channel!
Photo: @usskiteam / Sochi closing ceremony sunset.